Mingo woman killed in fire

MINGO JUNCTION — An early Saturday morning house fire on Eleanor Street took the life of a 60-year-old village woman and her dog.

According to Fire Chief John Wright the fire call came in at 4:12 a.m. Saturday but Wright believes the fire may have been burning for a hour of more before it was noticed.

“That is the worst time for a fire,” Wright said. “Everyone is asleep and the bars are all closed. There is no one to see it.”

Wright said the victim was close to the door when she was found. He said it appears she succumbed to the heat and smoke, but an official cause of death has not be released at this time.

Wright said the state fire marshal’s office sent two investigators to the scene, but they had not yet determined the official cause. The fire is still listed as being under investigation.

According to officials, there were reports of several explosions, one of which shook Wright’s home. The victim was a neighbor of Wright.

“I saw her house and her car in the driveway so I knew she must be home,” he said.

The Mingo Junction Fire Department were assisted by the Steubenville Fire Department, the Brilliant Fire Department and the Hillandale Volunteer Fire Department.

The name of the victim was not being released pending notification of family members.

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